Megan is co-director and co-owner of Montessori Garden, as well as co-teacher. She completed her AMS training in 1998. After working at Montessori Garden from 1998 to 2003, she obtained her BA and Washington State Teaching Credential from Western Washington University. Her interests include exercise, film, and travel. She is married and the mother of a teen son and tween daughter.
Amy is co-director and co-owner of Montessori Garden, as well as co-teacher. She was raised in Texas where she attended Texas State University. She moved to Seattle in 1992. Before joining Montessori Garden in August of 1995, she spent three years with The Boys & Girls Club. She completed her AMS training in 1997. The mother of two adult sons, she enjoys going to movies and entertaining with her husband.
Every Friday morning children participate in a Spanish lesson and a Creative Dance class.
Each instructor uses the communicative approach with lots of gestures, so everyone participates in the fun. Immersed in Spanish, students engage in games and activities, and learn through music, movement, drama, and art. The children will learn useful everyday vocabulary and functional language such as describing actions and expressing likes.
Creative Dance teacher, Kechelle Jackson, a Seattle native, began working with youth in 2004 when she joined the Washington Reading Corps. Realizing her passion for teaching, she became a preschool teacher, while earning her degree in Early Childhood Development. She taught preschool for 5 years, while taking on additional roles as a mentor supervisor and small group enrichment teacher. In 2012 and 2014 she completed the Creative Dance Center’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers with Anne Green Gilbert, embracing Brain Compatible Education curriculum and honing her skills in facilitating and assessing quality movement experiences for young children. She is now on faculty at the Creative Dance Center where she teaches Creative Dance, Creative Modern, Hip Hop, and Parent/Child classes. In 2013, Kechelle founded Emerald City Creative Arts (ECCA), providing movement enrichment services in over 10 schools across the greater Seattle area. Kechelle loves working with children and families to foster and enhance social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through dance.
Esperanza Arévalo is from Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education from La Gran Colombia University with emphasis in English and Spanish. Living in Seattle, she has taught her native language to preschoolers and elementary kids for the last seven years. She has brought her teaching experience with an enthusiastic and playful style to many local elementary schools. She is currently teaching to preschoolers at Kidspace in Queen Ann and The Secret Garden in Capitol Hill as well. Esperanza is a very dedicated teacher who wants to offer professionally the best of her Spanish language skills to her students. Creativity and passion go hand in hand to provide a fun and stimulating environment in her teaching approach. Her lively immersion classes integrate play, music, movement, and art to engage children and connect the foreign sounds and words to everyday items and activities. Her classes include a series of fundamental movement patterns that wire the central nervous system laying the foundation for sensory-motor development and lifelong learning with themes that are brought to life through music, stories, and games.